I went through the D200 board meeting minutes to see how often each of this year’s candidates has spoken, and on what topics. I did not check for committee meetings. Mr. Lonks attends the finance committee and the facilities committee meetings on a regular basis. As far as I can tell, others do not. For each entry, regular font is what appears in the minutes, Italics for more detail based on listening to the videos. Links to a few videos are at the bottom of this post.
Harold has spoken many times over 8+ years at board meetings on a wide variety of topics.
Continue reading “D200 Candidates’ School Board Comments”
Four Candidates appeared at the League of Women Voters CUSD School Board Candidate Forum. Harold Lonks was out of town watching his daughter compete in the United States Figure Skating National Synchronized Ice Skating Novice Championships – They took 4th.
As you watch, notice, that there are no questions on finances or facilities – two topics that have been important in the community.
Continue reading “D200 Candidate information”
Last year a friend sent an email to D200, Her Question was:
Please provide me with the list of names of all of citizens on the citizens advisory committee as well as the meeting minutes from the past 12 months. Since this is a citizens committee this information should be available on the website.
Please provide me with the reason why any taxpaying citizen should have to fill out an application to be on a citizens committee?
Continue reading “D200 Citizen’s Advisory Council (CAC)”
Wheaton’s state Rep, Amy Grant has submitted a bill, HB2145 and Palatine Rep. Thomas Morrison has submitted a bill, HB2738 (virtually the same), to close the “loophole” that district 200 tried to use to avoid the referendum for a new Jefferson pre-school building. Other districts have already done this, and we fear it may be catching on like wildfire. If school boards can build new facilities without referendum by signing a lease-to-own agreement, then issue debt service extension base (DSEB) Bonds, without a referendum to shore up their general revenues (raising future taxes to pay then back), we are in real trouble. Using the magic word “Lease should not void the clear intent of the original law that requires a referendum for new construction.
I submitted written comments (similar to this post) with my witness slip in support of HB2145.
Continue reading “IL Legislation to close “Lease” to avoid referendum loophole”
20 year lease agreement approved as recommended by the administration. I’ll post more after the video is available.
The School District wants to issue Lease Certificates to build a new school and hand over the ownership of the building that will reside on school district property to investors for 20 years.
Continue reading “District 200 – Lease Certificates vs Debt Certificates for a new Early Childhood Center”
[Open letter to] CUSD 200 Board members,
Congratulations, Wheaton-Warrenville District 200 voted to build a new Jefferson preschool without raising taxes.
D200 said it could fund the project from operating revenue. So tell me, why is the district still planning to use 20-year “lease certificates,” which will cost the taxpayers $6.2M more than necessary? These tax dollars should be paying for educating students and maintaining our buildings rather than funneling them to consultants and out of state lenders. Continue reading “Proposal to save taxpayers $6.2M”